2018: Year in Review

Looking back at 2018 the staff and members of SICA were busy! It seems like there is always a lot going on in the SICA world and one might wonder if there is ever a slow time in our office (we don’t think there is a slow time)! Let’s look at some the big moments at SICA in 2018...  


Starting with our Estimating courses in January we used video conferencing to provide an opportunity for those who live outside the area of the course location to join the course. This allowed access to the training courses to a wider range of individuals who could complete interactive learning experience from the comfort of their own location while saving time, travel and money. Participants joined our Kelowna classroom from Revelstoke, Kamloops, Coquitlam, Surrey, and Logan Lake through the video conferencing option.  



In February we held our 18th Annual CCO Workshop at the Manteo Resort in Kelowna. About 100 attendees joined us for an open and constructive conversation about safety in the construction industry. We’ve opened registration for the 2019 CCO Workshop, this year’s theme is Together We Build. 
Also, in February the new look for BidCentral projects launched! 

In March, Terry Brown, past SICA Chair and active member was awarded the Canadian Construction Association’s person of the year award their 100th Anniversary Conference in Banff. Read more here.



Our planrooms get upgraded with colour plan copy capabilities! The Kamloops office gets brand new colour plan printer with colour scanning and the Kelowna office gets a colour plan printer. You can now order your plancopies in colour from both Kelowna and Kamloops starting at $3.50/page!  


We also received several requests to go directly to a member company's location and deliver training to their employees on-site. This format makes scheduling for training much easier and more convient for the company. Courses included safety training, equipment training and management skill building courses.



April 2018 was the first ever Construction & Skilled Trades Month. To celebrate events were held across the province, including a breakfast event in Kamloops in partnership with TRU Trades and CHBA Central Interior.  


A second construction breakfast was held in Kelowna with Okanagan College and CHBA Central Okanagan. Both breakfast’s saw attendees from foundation and apprenticeship programs and members from SICA and CHBA.  


Also in April, SICA helped host the 10th Anniversary of Heavy Metal Rocks in Kamloops. This project provides opportunities for 26 Grade 11 and 12 students from the School District No. 73 to explore career opportunities in the heavy equipment operator field. The program has been a great success over the last ten years due to the amazing support of the local Kamloops construction industry! SICA is proud to have been volunteering and contributing to the program since it's inception.



In May, we hosted our second Annual Family Fishing event with CapriCMW Insurance. Both SICA and CapriCMW couldn’t be happier with how the event turned out. In particular, it was the smiles on everyone’s faces and the impact that the day had on our friends with disabilities. Watch for information on the 2019 Family Fishing event coming soon! 



Also in May, SICA delivered Industry Safety Training courses in Kamloops for the BladeRunners program. 18 students received safety certificates for 9 courses (Fall Protection, Confined Space, EWP, CSTS, WHMIS, First-Aid, Traffic Control, Rough Terrain Forklift, Counter Balance Forklift) which enhanced the student’s resumes increasing employment opportunities. 


This year we decided to combine our Kelowna Golf Tournament, typically held in June and our AGM Golf Tournament, usually held in September, into one Golf Tournament event. The result was our largest golf tournament in recent years with 144 golfers and a sizable wait list. With feedback like “this was by far the best version of this event we have ever been to!” we are excited to make the 2019 SICA Golf Tournament even better!  


Our annual Trap & Skeet Event in Kamloops is always a favorite, both for members and staff. Nothing too complicated at this event, a shoot-out, cook your own steaks and good conversation with fellow SICA members. The Trap & Skeet was a great way to wrap up our summer networking events. 


You can see all the photos for the Trap & Skeet and Golf Tournament on our Facebook Page. 



While many of us were enjoying summer vacation in July, the provincial government made the announcement about their new Community Benefits Agreement. Our phones started ringing off the hook and many emails from concerned members were received. SICA, along with the British Columbia Construction Association and our regional association partners (NRCA, VICA and VRCA) worked together to advocate on behalf of our members. Read about our progress on this and other advocacy issues here.

In September, we hosted members at our annual Chair Dinner & Awards Night. This night recognizes the efforts of our many volunteers, who generously donate their time for our board and various committees and the members who are celebrating membership anniversaries.  


In addition, we recognize Gold Seal Certificate recipients, Howard Strong Scholarship recipients. We also award the Innovation Award, the 2018 ward went to Emil Anderson Construction and the Howard Strong Industry Builder Award which went to David Langton of Competition Glass. Richard Owen of Interior Plumbing & Heating received Honorary SICA Membership for his contributions over the years and Al. Carmel, P. Eng received the 2018 Consultant Award.  


You can see all the event photos for the Chair Dinner & Awards Night on our Facebook Page


In partnership with the BC Construction Association, we held a Town Hall Meeting with members and our local MLA’s to discuss the Community Benefits Agreement and the effect the agreement could have on the construction industry. Read the summary of all the Town Hall Meetings held across BC.  



In October we ran a 3 week Build It Program with ASETS at the Coldwater Band in Merritt. Students had practical hands-on experience alongside a professional carpenter and gained the basic skills that can be applied to any construction jobsite.



Leanne and Jennifer attended several Education & Career Fairs throughout the region, including a few in October. In attending all these functions we were able to display a table showcasing our courses and connecting with service providers in our region.  Education & Career Fair in Kelowna, BCCSA Workshop in Kelowna, ASETS Education Fair in Kamloops, WorkBC Seminar in Kelowna.  



Throughout the year we delivered informational monthly safety meetings free to our SICA members.  These one hour sessions are intended to discuss relevant and important topics that members can take back to their own companies as education tidbits and pass on information to their own employees. 



Our first campaign through the Construction Foundation was to support the design lab at Peter Greer Elementary in Lake Country. Through donations at our annual golf tournament and funds contributed directly by SICA members the SICA fund was able to purchase a variety of hand tools and small power tools. This design lab will enable over 100 Grade 4-6 students to experience a hands-on introduction to the trades. In November, Candace and Carolyn joined the Construction Foundation at Peter Greer for the official donation. 



To wrap up 2018 we held holiday celebrations with members in Kamloops, Kelowna, Vernon and Penticton. You can see all the event photos on our Facebook Page


 Thank you for following along! We can’t wait to see what is in store for 2019 and our 50th Anniversary year. Make sure to follow us on Facebook or Instagram to stay up to date with the latest SICA news!  

June 18, 2024

BCCA Industry Alert

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June 18, 2024

WorkSafeBC Press Release

WorkSafeBC recommending changes to improve crane safety in B.C. New risk-reduction strategy is based on a comprehensive review of crane safety and informed by stakeholder input and feedback.
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June 13, 2024

SICA Golf Tournament June 7th 2024

SICA would like to Thank everyone for making the June 7th Tournament a great success. It was a Perfect Day on the Greens: Thank You to Our Incredible Players and Sponsors! See the Wrap Up here!
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April 15, 2024

SICA Contractor's Breakfast 2024

As we wrap up the SICA Contractor Breakfast 2024, we extend our heartfelt thanks to all attendees for making it a remarkable event. We're especially grateful to BCCA for their sponsorship, contributing to its success. Congratulations to Acres for receiving the 2024 Leadership award for the Southern Interior region.
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March 20, 2024

BC Budget 2024

The Southern Interior Construction Association (SICA), alongside the British Columbia Construction Association (BCCA), supports government plans for housing and infrastructure but highlights significant concerns due to labor shortages and the lack of Prompt Payment Legislation in the 2024 Budget.
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February 20, 2024

Young Builders Launch Party Wrap Up

Wow, what a blast the Young Builder's Networking Group kickoff was! The Southern Interior Construction Association threw one heck of a party at the super trendy BNA Brewery Restaurant, and let me tell you, it was epic. Big shoutout to Acera Insurance for sponsoring – you guys know how to support the next wave of construction leaders.
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February 20, 2024

CCO Workshop 2024

This is the wrap-up for the CCO Workshop 2024. This one-day conference where the goal of facilitating open and transparent conversation between all parties in the construction industry.
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November 19, 2023

Membership Appreciation Evening Wrap Up 2023

We want to express our heartfelt appreciation for the members who attended our recent appreciation evening. Their unwavering commitment and dedication to the construction industry form the bedrock of our success, and it was a true honor to recognize and celebrate each member's invaluable contributions.
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November 14, 2023

CCA Hill Day 2023

The CEO of the Southern Interior Construction Association, accompanied by 100 industry leaders, advocates at Parliament Hill for federal government collaboration to spur economic growth.
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October 10, 2023

EBT Flu Clinic Dates

Protect yourself and your family. Prevent the flu this year. Get your flu shot with a pharmacist on-site at both our SICA locations. Space is limited; book your appointment now. Please note this link will take you to the Save on Foods Pharmacy site but the Flu Clinic will be hosted in our SICA office locations.
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August 29, 2023

Long Term Members 2022/2023

SICA would like to express gratitude and recognition for these organizations that have been dedicated, committed, and engaged members of our association. This list acknowledges the significant contributions, loyalty, and positive impact that long-standing members bring to the construction industry and our community.
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October 27, 2022

Join the Virtual Webinar

Infrastructure BC Announcement BC Major Infrastructure Projects Brochure – Fall 2022 Update Wednesday, November 16, 2022 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
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April 28, 2022

CCO Workshop 2022

This is the wrap up for the CCO Workshop. This one day conference where the goal is to facilitate open and transparent conversation between all parties in the construction industry.
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September 23, 2021

2021 Annual Report

On Thursday, September 23rd, SICA is holding a hybrid in-person/virtual Annual General Meeting. During the AGM SICA will share our latest Annual Report which covers the fiscal period between July 1, 2020, and June 30, 2021.
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July 16, 2021

Kelowna Crane Incident Legacy Education Fund

Through the Southern Interior Construction Association (SICA) Fund and in partnership with the Construction Foundation of BC, SICA is organizing the Kelowna Crane Incident Legacy Education Fund. This fund is a tribute to the individuals who tragically lost their lives from the Brooklyn Site Incident on July 12th, 2021. The funds raised through this fund will go towards supporting future post-secondary education for the children of the victims in this tragedy.
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July 15, 2021


SICA is amplifying the call to show solidarity and honour those who lost their lives on Monday by hanging a safety vest outside your workplace or home. Please consider hanging a safety vest outside your workplace or home. Use the hashtag #hangahighvisoutside when posting this initiative on social media.
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July 13, 2021

Brooklyn Site Crane Accident Statement

The board, staff, and members of SICA are deeply saddened to learn of the tragic crane accident in Kelowna yesterday. Our hearts grieve for the families, friends, and co-workers of those who did not return home from the job-site last night. Our deepest condolences go out to those who have been affected by this catastrophe.
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July 02, 2021

Construction Fast Lanes for COVID-19 Vaccine

In partnership with the BC Public Health Office, the BCCA and its partners have made available construction fast lanes at select vaccination centers around the province on specified dates between and times through June and July.
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June 07, 2021

Every Child Matters - Indigenous History Month

I write to you heavy with emotions regarding the recent discovery at the Kamloops residential school. This is a long-awaited confirmation of the cultural annihilation forced upon our indigenous communities. I feel the profound grief and anger of my ancestral lineage being of the Metis Nation, as well as a feeling of deep shame of being Canadian right now.
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April 09, 2021

Construction Month 2021

Today, April 9th, as part of the #lunchboxchallenge for Construction Month 2021 SICA was happy to serve lunch to the workers on the Acres Enterprises Ltd. Barkman site in Merritt!
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March 26, 2021

SICA training courses prove practical and meaningful to students

It’s no exaggeration to say the global economy has been paralyzed by the pandemic. Fortunately for many Canadians, the construction industry was one of the few beacons in an otherwise slow economy greatly inhibited by COVID-19. Of course, the many forms of construction activity couldn’t forge ahead frivolously – social distancing, rigorous cleaning protocols and an abundance of caution were the norm on work sites everywhere, and it’s clear these methods will continue in the months ahead.
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March 22, 2021

2021 Gold Seal Program Changes

The Gold Seal Certification program certifies estimators, foremen, owner’s construction managers, project managers, safety practitioners and superintendents working in, or with, Canada’s non-residential construction industry.
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March 16, 2020

COVID-19 Update

​Like you, SICA has been closely monitoring the ongoing global spread of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).
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October 04, 2019

2019 Industry Awards of Excellence Winners

SICA would like to congratulate all the finalists and the winners of SICA's inaugural Industry Awards of Excellence! Finalists and winners were honored yesterday, October 3rd, at the Award Presentation Dinner held at the Coast Capri Hotel in Kelowna, BC.
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